Millions receive incorrect notice from Social Security concerning benefit payment dates
Posted Jan 04 2010 11:59am
First of all, I want to say happy 2010 to everyone. 2009 was another year that went by super fast, and I think part of that has to do with the heavy number of hearings we had this past year. In trying to cure the Social Security backlog, Social Security had disability attorneys like me attending hearings it seems just about every week. Although we expect a busy year in 2010, I am sure it cannot possibly rival 2009!
To start off 2010, here's some news of the most recent Social Security blooper: Close to six million social security recipients thought they had received a very
special holiday bonus from no other than the Social Security Administration. Notices received reflected that payments in January 2010 were coming one week earlier than they had in previous years. This was great news and definitely a welcomed notice for the millions of individuals that require these payments in order to live day-to-day. However, as quick as these notices came, a corrected notice followed.
The individuals affected are those beneficiaries who normally receive their benefits on the second, third or fourth Wednesday of each month. In the notices mailed, erroneous information indicated payments would be received one week earlier than the date people were accustomed to receiving their benefits. All additional information in these notices was correct.
To rectify this matter, the Social Security Administration issued a letter explaining the mistake to all beneficiaries affected. In a statement issued by Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, he stated,
We apologize for the inconvenience and confusion these incorrect notices will cause. The problem was caused by an unfortunate human error. We are correcting the misinformation as quickly as possible, and we are reviewing our processes closely to prevent this type of mistake from happening in the future. People receiving Social Security benefits in January 2010 should know that their payment will arrive on the same payment day that it has arrived in the past.
As least the Social Security Administration has openly admitted their mistake, has taken swift action to rectify the current problem, and is enacting procedures to prevent any future ones. If you are one of the claimants affected by this mistake, just know that your Social Security payments will continue as normal.